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Letter to TANF administrators concerning the status of funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program

The federal government has made a long-standing commitment to supporting healthy relationships and stable families.  The Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) believe that children do best when they have the support of both parents and when their parents have healthy relationships with each other. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is committed to helping low-income families transition from welfare to work.  The achievement of gainful employment and economic independence is critically important for the good health and well-being of these families.  More than just a means of income, work creates opportunities for individual growth, instills personal dignity, and provides low-income families with a clear pathway to financial self-sufficiency.

I am writing to provide an update to you concerning the status of funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program and the discretionary , mandatory , and federal matching funding for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF).

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has been working closely with our colleagues at the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education throughout the process of developing the proposed
regulations for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Family Assistance (ACF/OFA) has issued a “Dear Colleague” letter to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program stakeholders, highlighting a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) that our partners at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration released on March 26, 2015.

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) invites nominations of state, territory, and local Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) agencies to participate in the Systems to Family Stability National Policy Academy (the Academy). State, territory, and local TANF agencies may nominate themselves. Nominations are due by March 17, 2015. See attached “Dear Colleague Letter and Academy Overview.”

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) encourages its grantees and partners to make TANF and other employment and training programs more job-driven.  OFA has issued a Dear Colleague letter describing job-driven training resources, with a focus on steps that programs can take to engage employers and use labor market information to help improve employment outcomes for TANF recipients and other low-wage workers.

                       

The Office of Family Assistance encourages states and tribes to explore the use of TANF funds to support programs, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), that help struggling families and children  over the summer months.